The Goleta Public Policy Committee is dedicated to researching and reviewing local public policy issues. Below is information on our current, on-going and past issues.

Current Issues

Workforce Housing

Workforce Housing

The Goleta Chamber is very focused on workforce housing in our area. We believe living in the same community that you work in is a large contributor to your quality of life. The Chamber’s workforce housing plan advanced 617 units in the past 4 years...

Regional Water Supply

Regional Water Supply

The Public Policy Committee has set 2017 as the year to study a long-term strategy for water security in the region.

City of Goleta Zoning Ordinance Task Force

City of Goleta Zoning Ordinance Task Force

The Goleta Chamber gathered a group of professionals and hired a consultant to study the City of Goleta Draft Zoning Ordinance. The new zoning ordinance is an important piece of the City's future and a huge step forward.

Ongoing Issues

Commuter Rail

Commuter Rail

The Chamber is actively tracking the progress of new commuter rail service into Goleta.

Highway 101 Widening Project

Highway 101 Widening Project

The Goleta Chamber has been a long-time advocate for the widening of the 101. This project will widen Highway 101 from four to six lanes between the city of Carpinteria and the city of Santa Barbara to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and match the six-lane highway south of Carpinteria and north of Santa Barbara.

Revenue Neutrality Agreement

Revenue Neutrality Agreement

The Chamber is an advocate for renegotiating the Revenue Neutrality Agreement with the County of Santa Barbara.

El Niño Preparedness

El Niño Preparedness

The Goleta Chamber of Commerce is helped residents and businesses prepare for the anticipated El Nino in 2016.

Past Issues

Hollister Village

Hollister Village

The Chamber was an advocate for the construction of Hollister Village, providing much needed workforce housing for our area. Today, 70% of tenants living in Hollister Village are employed on the South Coast and 50% of them are employed in Goleta.

Old Town Village

Old Town Village

The Chamber advocated for the approval of Old Town Village, a new mixed-use development that would bring 175 for-sale housing units and retail to Old Town Goleta.